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Roberts' 25 Kills Not Enough Against King

Photo by: Dr. Blake Rackley
Photo by: Dr. Blake Rackley

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga - The conference leading Lions hosted King University, the second ranked team, on Friday night. After a hard fought four Sets, the King Tornado came out on top, 3-1. 

The first set began with a heated exchange of points as the ladies battled it out for the higher placement in the Conference Carolinas West Division. After 3 lead changes and 8 tied scores, the Tornado were able to come out on top, 25-23. 

The second set featured 5 lead changes and 12 times that the score was tied. The Tornado started to pull ahead towards the end of the set, taking the lead 20-16. However, the Lions fought their way back in it off kills from senior Jessica Gray and sophomore Taylor Roberts. Emmanuel was able to tie the game 24-24 and the teams continued the back and forth exchange. The score was tied at 27-27 but a kill from King and an error from the Lions gave the set to the Tornado, 29-27. 

The third set saw a resurgence from the Lions as Roberts reached her 16th kill of the game. Eventually Emmanuel was able to pull away and win the set 25-16. 

The fourth set proved to be the most exciting of the night. Once again the score was tied 12 times and there were 5 lead changes as both Roberts and Gray surpassed 20 kills for the Lions. King's Julie Ward responded for the Tornado by passing the 20 kill mark as well. At the midway point of the set the Lions were up 14-7. However, King rallied to a 10-3 run, tying the game 17-17. Then they were able to pass Emmanuel and take the lead by two, 23-21. The Lions weren't going down without a fight. Kills from both Gray and Roberts kept the Lions alive, tying it up once again. The two teams continued to fight hard, exchanging points until it was once again tied at 27. Despite the Lions best effort, an error on their part and a final kill from Ward sealed the game for King as they won the fourth set, 29-27. 

Taylor Roberts led the Lions with a career high 25 kills. Jessica Gray followed with 21. 

Next up, women's volleyball will host Lees-McRae on Saturday, November 9, at 12:00 P.M

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